The best combined birthday and holiday/anniversary gifts

The thing about combined birthday gifts is this: They better be fucking awesome and super-symbolic. Because you're not just saying one thing, you're saying a lot of things at once. So here are my favorite symbolic gifts that'll work for combined birthdays and holidays, or anniversaries, or just general gift-inspiration awesomeness!


What unexpected things did you want when you were new parents?

I understand how useful those are (I intend to help buy a duffle bag and stuff it full of diapers!) but I wanted to know if there were any items or helpful suggestions that would be useful for me to give or do for new parents. What "strange" or "unusual" items will be useful for the new parents? What unexpected items did you not have that you wish you did have when you were new parents?


How I get over the guilt when exchanging or donating unwanted gifts

As an adult I find that I have a lot of guilty feelings over receiving gifts that I don't actually want, need, or like. Whenever I receive something that I don't really want, need, or like I revert to the my polite seven year old self — I smile and say thank you.

But now it's more complicated as I'm the adult who has to decide what to do with the unwanted thing…